How cute is this little gold leaf notebook! It is SUPER easy to make and I bet most of you would have these supplies around your home. Everyone needs a notebook lying around here and there for those genius thoughts that pop into our head ;). Here is a step by step tutorial on how to make these adorable little booklets.
Here are the supplies needed…
- Plain white printer paper, about 12-15 sheets.
- One Sheet (only need half) of 8.5 x 11 inch scrapbook paper. I like some with a little but of texture, makes it look a little less “homemade”.
- Gold leaf sheets
- A ruler. If you have one with a thick edge (like mine) it makes your life a whole lot easier!
- Some sort of paper cutter. Or scissors if you have a super steady hand 🙂
- A hot glue gun.
- Tacky Spray. I LOVE Aleenes Craft glues…they work AMAZING. The spray glue works really nice because it leave a thin even coat of glue on your paper. You can use regular glue but make sure you paint it on your paper VERY thinly or else it will ripple and not look very nice.
Measure your scrapbook paper length wise, 5 inches, and make a cut.
Now for your white printer paper. Measure 4 & 3/4 inches from top down. Once you have done that, measure from your pen mark down another 4 & 3/4 inches. Make your two cuts on your pen mark lines, you should end up with 2 sheets the same size and a small piece you can discard. Stack the two pieces on top of one another and make a cut directly down the middle. There you have your paper size! Now you can stack multiple pieces of paper on top of each other (depending on how much your cutter can handle) as a shortcut. So you don’t have to make so many measurements and cuts. Do this to ALL of your white paper until you have a nice little pile.
Measure in 5 inches from each side length wise and make 2 small marks. You should be left with a 1/4 of an inch mark in the middle. You can just barely see my 2 little marks in the first picture. At each of those marks bend the paper in a straight line making the spine of the booklet. Luckily enough the ruler I have is the exact width of the spine so it made my life a whole lot easier! But a regular ruler works just as great.:)
Now for the glue gun! Add a bead of glue all the way down the centre of the spine. Don’t worry about going slightly over the fold, it might actually benefit you in the next part. Grab your stack of white paper (making sure its all even) and place it directly in the centre and press into your bead of glue. Now measure your black paper 1/2 an inch, place your ruler there, and fold it back. This is the part where that extra glue spilling over the edge might help, it will hold the folded part down.
The last step! Take one piece of white paper and lay it whichever way you like in your paper. I did mine diagonally but you could cut it straight down the middle or 1/3 of the way up, its really up to you! Once you’ve decided, spray your tacky glue on the paper, now don’t spray to much or else it will go right through you’r gold leaf! Take one piece of your gold leaf and place it on the exposed edge. If it doesn’t cover the whole space don’t worry, just tear a piece of the excess and place it on the open spots. Once everything is covered, press the gold leaf down and rub the excess off. The parts sprayed with the glue should be the only parts that the gold leafing stuck to. Once its all rubbed in, remove the white piece of paper, and VOILA your finished!! 🙂